MOBILE, Ala.-- The No. 14 ranked Azusa Pacific women’s tennis team had little trouble on the opening day of the National Christian College Athletics Association championship tournament, sweeping through the first two matches of pool play with a pair of 5-0 victories. The Cougars, who began the day with a defeat of Roberts Wesleyan and ended it with a win over Campbellsville, will take on Southern Nazarene Wednesday, looking to clinch a spot in the semifinals.
In the first match the Cougars didn’t drop a single set, and gave up only one game in doubles action. The 17th ranked duo of Emily Harris and Natalie Johnson started things off with an 8-0 win against Tina Miller and Fatima Ouattara at No. 1 before Danae Ingwaldson and Lindsey Yeom registered an 8-1 defeat of Maria Jimenez and Camilla Linhart at No. 2. Kim Koetterheinrich and Stephanie Quan then put the Cougars ahead 3-0 with an 8-0 victory at No. 3.
In singles Harris quickly put Azusa Pacific within a point of clinching the match with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Tina Miller at No. 1, and Bethany Duval sealed the win with a 6-2, 6-0 victory against Kaitlynn Zaffuto at No. 6. Johnson and Quan were each leading 6-0, 5-0 when the match was called.
In the second match the Cougars again used a doubles sweep to take control against Campbellsville. Harris and Johnson tabbed an 8-6 win at No. 1, and Koetterheinrich and Quan rattled off an 8-2 win, while Ingwaldson and Yeom registered an 8-3 victory at No. 2.
Harris posted a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 1, and Ingwaldson recorded a three-set (1-6, 6-0, 10-6) win at No. 3 to seal the victory. Johnson was leading 6-1, 5-3 at No. 2, and Yeom held a 6-3, 5-0 advantage at No. 4 when the match was clinched.
Azusa Pacific will return to action Wednesday morning when it takes on Southern Nazarene at 9.a.m. at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala. A win would push the Cougars into the semifinals for the second straight year.